"What will happen in Greece after the elections?" was our question to GRReporter readers after the announcement of the election results last week. They were at least surprising and frightening to a great extent.
New Democracy lost, although it won the highest number of votes. For the first time, PASOK ranked third after the radical left SYRIZA, which took the place of the main opposition party for the first time too. The far-right Golden Dawn, whose members exchange fascist greetings with each other, managed to enter parliament after more than 400 thousand Greeks had voted for it.
GRReporter readers have managed to feel the pulse of events with precision. In all three language versions of the website, they are adamant that the country struck by a severe financial crisis is falling into the trap of a major political crisis with an unknown outcome. 55% of the Bulgarian readers, 45% of the Greeks and 57% of the readers of the English version agree with the view that it would not be possible for a cabinet to be formed and Greek voters will again go to the ballot boxes.
Surprising to some extent and indicative at the same time is the second response chosen by the readers - that the military will take the power in order to maintain the status quo. This is the opinion of 21% of the Bulgarian readers and 35% of those of the Greek and English language versions of GRReporter.
16% of the Bulgarian readers, 15% of the Greek ones and 9% of the readers of the English version of the website believed that New Democracy would still be able to form a pro-European cabinet.
The option that the left forces would be able to form a coalition on an anti-European basis received the lowest number of supporters. It found the strongest support in the Greek version – 15%, followed by the English readers with 9% and those of the Bulgarian version – 8% of the vote.
After ten days of agony, during which reaching consensus proved impossible and public interest could not prevail, the leaders of Greek parties have practically taken the country to new elections. So, our question could be no other than: What will happen in Greece after the next elections?